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Date: 2015/03/10

NTU Doctor Creates Painting Depicting College of Medicine Conference Hall

  • “C’est la Vie”

    “C’est la Vie”
    Image: painting by Dr. Tien-Chun Chang

  • Exterior of what used to be the conference hall.

    Exterior of what used to be the conference hall.
    Image: Museum of Medical Humanities

During the 1980s, a number of structures that once belonged to the College of Medicine and NTU Hospital were taken down as part of a project to upgrade the college’s facilities. The demolition included the college’s conference hall as well as administrative building, Building No. 2. After a series of discussions and efforts put in by the college’s faculty, Building No. 2 was reserved and eventually registered as a city designated historic heritage. The conference hall, however, survived a less fortunate fate as only one wall remained of the original structure. Further traces of the building can only be found in old photographs and historic documents.

For many NTU medical school alumni, the conference hall played an important role in their memories of time spent on campus. NTUH Dr. Tien-Chun Chang (張天鈞) and his wife Mei-Tian Hong (洪美瑱) often speak of the space with great enthusiasm. Dr. Chang thereby created a painting in memory of the conference hall. In describing the painting, his wife wrote:

The much Baroque structures that had once featured the College of Medicine have been demolished with the exception of a singular wall that was once the backdrop of the historic conference hall’s stage. This painting was inspired by a scene extracted from Prof. Ji-Chong Lin’s (林吉崇) book documenting NTU Hospital’s 100 years’ history where a music concert was held inside the hall in 1936. While the details are fictional, the painting itself serves to reminisce the memories of the historic structure.

I met my husband when I was a college junior and when he was in his fifth year of medical school. The two of us once met at the hall for a movie. Back in the day, the hall was also used as a lecture hall by the Formosan Medical Association. While the song that was playing in Prof. Lin’s book cannot be verified, he’s chosen to name the painting after one of my husband’s favorite songs, “C’est la Vie” (by Greg Lake and Pete Sinfield) as the somewhat sad yet melodic tune, along with the title, perfectly reflects what the conference hall represents.

This painting has been dedicated to Dr. Fung-Rong Hu (胡芳蓉) for her work helping elderly patients with their eyesight. In order to reproduce the hall with accuracy, my husband spent many hours gathering data and information from the library. He dedicates this painting to College of Medicine Dean Shan-Chwen Chang (張上淳) and his wife Dr. Hu, in remembrance of the dismantled conference hall. It also serves as an important personal milestone ahead of his own retirement.

The “C’est la Vie” now hangs on the wall of the NTU Museum of Medical Humanities. Visit the Museum’s official website to learn more about the museum’s history, or click HERE to access original article written by the NTU Museum of Medical Humanities (2015/12/31).

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